WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Andrew R. Garbarino (R-NY-02) stands with Israel, which is why this week, he proudly supported legislation that will strengthen the important U.S.-Israel relationship.
First, Rep. Garbarino voted to allocate $1 billion in funding to replenish Israel's Iron Dome defense system through the Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act. Ahead of the vote, he urged his colleagues to support the bill saying, "The Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives from Hamas terror attacks. It is essential for the security of Israel and the safety of its citizens. We must continue to stand by our ally and fund this defense system."
Then, the House passed Rep. Garbarino'sU.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Act as an Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act with strong bipartisan support. This provision will establish a Department of Homeland Security grant program to support U.S.-Israel cooperation on cybersecurity research and development, and the demonstration and commercialization of cybersecurity technology. Most importantly, this program will help facilitate a stronger cyber partnership with Israel and ultimately develop more sophisticated cybersecurity technologies in order to thwart future cyber attacks.
Rep. Garbarino originally introduced U.S.-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Act as a stand alone bill in April saying at the time, “Cyber threats are now more prolific than at any time in our history, as is the indiscriminate targeting of the Federal government, private sector, state and locals, and private citizens. We must do more to defend against these threats by working closely together with our allies.”